The 1986 Ocean Sciences Meeting, sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), was held January 13–17 in New Orleans, La. There were 700 papers presented at the meeting, which had 989 registered attendees. This meeting had a 40% increase in exhibitors and an increase in the number of poster papers presented in comparison to the 1984 Ocean Sciences Meeting.
This meeting, as did the two previous Ocean Sciences Meetings, proved to be a great success. Many of the sessions held were devoted to topics that involve new technologies and new directions in oceanographic research. Highlights of the meeting included the following:
- An informal but well-attended workshop entitled “Ocean Telemetry: Resources and Needs” was held.
- There were successful sessions on marginal ice zones, estuaries, low-oxygen environments, and effects of seamounts on physical and biological processes. These multidisciplinary sessions included contributions from physical, chemical, and biological oceanographers.
- The “Global Ocean Flux” sessions addressed the extension of the understanding of the factors that control ocean production and the fate of biogenic particles on regional to global scales.